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  • Obamacare Mandate: Contrary to Our Natural Rights

    12/06/2017 6:09:38 PM PST · by huckfillary · 7 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | December 6, 2017 | Artful Dilettante
    Indeed, the repeal of the Obamacare mandate is one of the great civil rights victories of our times. Obamacare violates our inalienable natural rights/property rights in critical ways. First, it compels you to purchase an insurance product you may not need or want in terms dictated by the government. In a free society, you would be free to negotiate the terms and coverages of the plans, deductables, price, etc. For example, an elderly couple doesn't need pregnancy benefits, infant annihilation coverage, or coverage for any minor children. When I was working, we had two health insurance choices---Self, or Self and...
  • Obama: God-Given Rights 'Was a Radical Idea'

    09/21/2016 9:09:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 21, 2016 | 6:12 AM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    President Barack Obama affirmed this week that the Declaration of Independence recognizes that “individual human beings” have “God-given rights.” Yet, he insisted this was a “radical idea” at the time of the founding. […] “So I recognize a traditional society may value unity and cohesion more than a diverse country like my own,” he said, “which was founded upon what, at the time, was a radical idea — the idea of the liberty of individual human beings endowed with certain God-given rights.” What would Alexander Hamilton say to that? Or Thomas Jefferson? Or Cicero? Writing in February 1775, a young...
  • Natural Rights and Man-made Anti-rights Part 3

    09/09/2016 9:40:28 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 9/9/16 | Publius Huldah
    What happened to bring us where we are today – on the brink of social, moral, and financial collapse? We forgot the Principle set forth in our Declaration that the sole purpose of civil government is to secure our Natural God-given rights by protecting us from those who seek to take these rights away from us. We were seduced and deceived into believing that civil government should 1) Provide for our needs; and 2) Protect us from the risks and uncertainties of Life. The belief that government is responsible for all our needs is self-destructive. Historically, when this ideology has...
  • God-given Natural Rights, Man-made Anti-rights and why “Safety Nets” are Immoral Part 2

    09/04/2016 8:58:50 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 9/4/16 | Publius Huldah
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” -The Declaration of Independence It is not the federal government’s job to secure ALL of our Natural Unalienable Rights, just those appropriate for a “federal” government. Other God-given rights are secured by state and local governments. How is the Natural Right to Life Secured?...
  • Randy Barnett: To Secure These Rights

    07/24/2016 2:07:27 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | July 24th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In the first chapter to his superb new book, Our Republican Constitution, Professor Randy Barnett opens with the events and intellectual background that led to our Declaration of Independence. Of primary importance is the concept and place of natural law and natural rights. Thousands of men risked their necks in order to assume “the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature” entitled them. Whatever structures of government were to follow, their designs would recognize self-evident truths, that all men are in possession of God-given, natural, unalienable rights. While the literature of the time emphasized rights to life,...
  • Natural Law, Natural Rights, and American Constitutionalism

    05/07/2016 1:26:04 AM PDT · by Godebert · 18 replies
    The Witherspoon Institute ^ | 2016 | Witherspoon Institute
    As is evident by the variety of thinkers and source documents presented here, the natural law and natural right tradition is a complex and many-sided body of moral and political thought. It is unified, however, by an agreement as to the natural (as distinguished from conventional or man-made) character of principles of right and wrong, and of justice and injustice. Philosophers and statesmen who think and act within this shared understanding agree that the standards that ought to guide the ordering of political and social life are accessible to human reason. One can find this appeal to natural standards of...
  • Against Progressivism: Whatever the Label

    05/07/2015 7:08:03 AM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | May 7, 2015 | Bradley J. Birzer
    When the forces of American progressivism emerged in the 1880s and 1890s, those who would one day be labeled as conservatives, classical liberals, and libertarians found themselves quite ill-prepared for the intellectual and political onslaught. Perhaps the best analyst at the time progressivism emerged, somewhat surprisingly, was E.L. Godkin, the venerable founder of The Nation. t was the rights of man that engaged the attention of the political thinkers of the eighteenth century. The world had suffered so much misery due to the results of dynastic ambitions and jealousies, and the masses of mankind were everywhere so burdened by the...
  • Rights Are Freedoms, Not Powers

    09/16/2014 11:50:01 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | Aug 01, 1976 | Oscar W. Cooley
    The word "right," used as a noun, means, my dictionary tells me, a "just, or lawful claim." Claim on what? On whatever I want and can lawfully have. I have a right to life, that is, a just claim on life. I have a right to liberty, a just claim to be free. I have a right to property, a just claim on land, goods, or other wealth. My right is not life, liberty, property, but rather my proper and just claim upon these things. The distinction is important. It was understood by our revolutionary forefathers but is widely misunderstood...
  • Progressivism and America's Tradition of Natural Law and Natural Rights

    09/16/2014 11:20:16 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 5 replies
    The U.S. Constitution, as its framers understood it, was a means to an end. It was crafted and adopted for the sake of achieving the natural-law principles referred to in the Declaration of Independence. The progressives understood this very clearly as well. The robust regulatory and redistributive aims of the progressive policy agenda were inevitably at odds with the natural-law theory of the founding. This basic fact makes understandable Woodrow Wilson’s admonition (in an address ostensibly honoring Thomas Jefferson) that, “if you want to understand the real Declaration of Independence, do not repeat the preface.” Do not, in other words,...
  • Golden Apple; Silver Frame

    09/16/2014 11:15:24 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 1 replies
    Constitutional Writes ^ | Apr 24, 2012 | Jim O'Neill
    The US Constitution is much more important, and in much greater danger than most people realize. I will discuss both issues in this article. Some people believe, and I am one of them, that there is one short passage in our founding documents that encapsulates, enshrines, and defines what is so unique and important about the US Constitution, and the United States of America. Oddly enough it is not to be found in the Constitution at all – it is in “The Declaration of Independence.” I am talking about the preamble to the Declaration – specifically the first sentence. Without...
  • 10 essential quotes from a classic 1689 title made for (but forgotten in) the age of Obama

    08/29/2014 12:49:47 PM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 3 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-08-29 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Today is the birthday of a man who left an indelible imprint on American history and the history of the free world more broadly. The Englishman John Locke was born on August 29, 1632. Locke was one of the most heralded Enlightenment thinkers — preeminent among classical liberals — developing theories on natural rights, property, government, not to mention law and philosophy more broadly that would influence the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Western civilization itself. His intellectual achievements were so great that Thomas Jefferson identified Locke as one of “the three greatest men who ever lived, without any...
  • Should climate change be added to the civil rights agenda?

    08/30/2013 3:49:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | August 30, 2013 | Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
    We marched against the recent attack on voting rights. We demanded justice in the face of Stand Your Ground laws and racial profiling. We marched to raise awareness on unemployment, poverty, gun violence, immigration, and gay rights. And we called for action on climate change. Chances are, when you think about civil rights, environmental issues aren't on the radar screen. But stop and think about it. Remember Hurricane Katrina? The hurricane that leveled New Orleans showed that severe weather in low-income neighborhoods and communities of colour is a matter of life and death. The images from the storm are hard...
  • Parental Rights Amendment: Congressmen Are Selling You and Your Kids Out to Big Government

    07/10/2013 7:40:51 AM PDT · by Sopater · 10 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Publius Hulda & Michael Ferris
    If politicians introduced a bill mandating the slaughter of all human babies under the age of two years; but called it, “The Little Babies Protection Act,” establishment conservatives and unthinking people all over the Country would be clamoring for its passage. We have become a shallow and easily deceived people. If it sounds good on the surface, we are all for it. We assume the proposal will live up to its name. 1 We don’t trouble ourselves to actually read proposals and analyze them before we clamor for passage. The name, “parental rights amendment” (PRA), sounds so good! But it...
  • Distrusting Government

    07/02/2013 9:39:53 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7-2-13 | Walter Williams
    Recent opinion polls demonstrate a deepening distrust of the federal government. That's not an altogether bad thing. Our nation's founders recognized that most human abuses are the result of government. As Thomas Paine said, "government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil." Because of their fear of abuse, the Constitution's framers sought to keep the federal government limited in its power. Their distrust of Congress is seen in the governing rules and language used throughout our Constitution. The Bill of Rights is explicit in that distrust, using language such as Congress shall not abridge, shall not infringe...
  • The Debate We Have to Win, Otherwise We Lose the Country

    02/23/2013 9:05:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Steve Deace
    Recently a discussion of this story about DC Comics being pressured by homosexual activists to fire one of its writers because he’s on the board of the National Organization of Marriage prompted vigorous debate on my Facebook wall. While perusing through the various comments, it was obvious there still exists much confusion in our country today about the term “rights.” There are two types of rights: unalienable and contractual. Sometimes referred to as a natural right (i.e. “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” reference from The Declaration of Independence), an unalienable right is a right that comes from God...
  • We will NOT disarm.

    01/02/2013 10:07:12 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 42 replies
    Minuteman Right to Keep and Bear Arms ^ | January 2, 2013 | Tom Hoefling
    For four hundred years in this country, my family has had a well-earned reputation for being well-armed, and of not being afraid to use those arms if life, liberty, property, or their communities were threatened. I'm a descendent of Alice Proctor, the wife of Virginia ancient planter John Proctor. In the Indian attacks and massacres of 1622 in which as many as a third of the Virginians were killed, John was in England, and she and her household held off the savages for a month. The British officers threatened to burn down the Proctor Plantation if she didn't remove herself...
  • Pro-Life Activist: Human Rights in China “Getting Worse”

    12/03/2012 5:19:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 3, 2012 | Penny Starr
    hen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese activist who escaped house arrest in May and came with his family to live in the United States, has released a video condemning the human rights violations he claims are perpetrated by China’s Communist government, including the disappearance of dissidents and a one-child per family policy that includes forcing women to have abortions. “Unfortunately, the human rights in China is in fact getting worse,” Chen said in the video filmed in New York City with the Freedom Tower shining in the night skyline behind him. “This has to garner more attention from the world. And...
  • Obama’s Truth

    09/18/2012 2:53:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 18, 2012 | Charles R. Kesler
    More than any Democratic president since Franklin Roosevelt, Barack Obama in his writings and speeches has worked out an impressive interpretation of American history that culminates in modern liberalism. It also culminates, not incidentally, in him. As a writer, Obama’s strength is telling tales, and his story of America mixes together social, intellectual, and political history. It begins and keeps contending with the Founding– with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He tries to tell a new story about the country that acknowledges, and then contextualizes, traditional views in ways that are meant to be reassuring but that point...
  • Brussels to unveil EU cloud computing strategy (central planning = power grab)

    07/20/2012 1:46:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 19 July 2012 | Francesco Guarascio
    EXCLUSIVE: The European Commission is finalizing a strategy on cloud computing aimed at promoting the use of off-site data storage in a bid to cut information technology costs and create new jobs, according to a draft paper seen by EurActiv. In a comprehensive communication, Brussels is planning to address several aspects of the cloud computing regulatory framework to encourage its use by companies and public administrations. “In particular, cloud computing is raising specific issues related to data protection and data retention, applicable law and liability and consumer protection,” reads an internal note seen by EurActiv. “The aspects of interoperability, standardization...
  • Homosexual "marriage" is not a natural right

    07/21/2011 11:36:10 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 39 replies
    Renew America ^ | 21 June 2011 | Tim Dunkin
    One of the fundamental truths about the founding tenets of this nation is that our ordering principles — the basis of our laws, our conception of rights, the purposes to which government is supposed to obtain — are built upon the acknowledgement of and respect for natural law. Natural law presupposes that there are absolute standards of right and wrong, and carries with it the necessary understanding that this natural law, far from being the product of random happenstance or social consensus, is instead instituted by the Divine authority of a Creator God who formed the world in which we...